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Nintendo Acquires A Game Developer You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Turns out Nintendo isn’t sitting idly by while Microsoft and Sony spend billions acquiring well-known game studios.

As VGC reportsNintendo of Japan released a document yesterday, confirming that it has acquired game developer SRD Co. Ltd, making it a wholly owned subsidiary when the acquisition closes on April 1. You’d be forgiven for not knowing what SRD is, but it turns out the company has played a key role in Nintendo game development for 40 years.

A quick look at the SDR website reveals that the company, which employs around 140 people, has acted as a contract developer for Nintendo since 1982. Its work spans some of Nintendo’s most important franchises, including Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda and Wii Fit games ( same Ring Fit). The first game SRD worked on for Nintendo appears to be the 1983 NES version of Donkey Kong.

In December, Nintendo announced plans to add a new building to its Kyoto research facility with a view to creating more games in-house. The acquisition of SRD appears to be a key element of this expansion. “Completing the acquisition will serve to strengthen SRD’s management base and ensure the availability of software development resources for Nintendo, in addition to facilitating an anticipated improvement in software development efficiency,” the company said. society.

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So while Microsoft and Sony have months and even years busy integrating third-party teams into their ecosystem, Nintendo is ensuring that a team of veterans with four decades of experience working with the company can continue to do what they do. I imagine it didn’t cost Nintendo billions to retain that talent either.

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